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Gardaí are treating the death of the 34-year-old as suspicious and it is understood the woman sustained serious injuries and a post-mortem was due to be carried out that day.

It is believed that children were in the house at the time and they are now being comforted by relatives. The scene has been preserved and the State Pathologist was expected there that morning.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


The body of 45-year-old Irish engineer Robert Gray, who was killed in a shooting in Nigeria two weeks ago, was expected to be returned to Westport last Wednesday. While his funeral was held in Ireland last week, his devastated colleagues in Nigeria held a service for him Monday (August 27), after three days of official mourning for the popular employee of construction company PW Ltd.

Mr. Gray was ambushed and shot dead during an apparent robbery near the town of Takum, in Taraba State, close to the border with Cameroon, on August 23. He was traveling with a driver in an official Hilux van when the violent attack occurred around 5:30 p.m. His driver, who was also shot and seriously injured, is recovering in hospital. Reportedly, local police have been unable to speak to him due to the seriousness of his injuries.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Navan Town Council has hosted a reception to welcome the Canadian high school team, Villanova, to the town as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012.

Deputy Mayor of Navan Francis Deane welcomed the team, coaches and parents to the town at the civic reception, at which the attendance included the Canadian Ambassador, Loyola Hearn.

Mr. Hearn thanked the Villanova team, which has been staying in Navan since the start of last week, for bringing their great game to Navan and Ireland.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Two containers containing toxic sludge were dumped last Wednesday night near the village of Annyalla and two in the townland of Drumleek in the Castleblayney area.

Both finds were in areas close to local watercourses.

Damien Treanor, acting Director of Environment with Monaghan Co. Council, told RTÉ these latest dumping incidents bring to 54 the number of times the council has had to pick up and dispose of toxic diesel sludge this year.

To date in 2012 they have dealt with 290 tons of the sludge, which is a by-product of the illegal removal of dye from agricultural diesel.
[Source: RTÉ News]


Gardaí (police) in Tullamore are investigating an incident of shots fired at a house in Heather Grove, Clara on Saturday, August 25.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. shots were fired through the front door. There were a number of persons in the house at the time but no injuries were sustained during the attack.

The scene was preserved pending a full technical examination
[Source: Offaly Express]


After more than three months in place, the boil water notice on the Castlerea urban supply has been lifted. It is now hoped that the notice still in place on the regional supply will be lifted in the coming weeks.

More than 2,000 homes have been affected by the notice on the urban supply, which was lifted on August 24.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Some distressed Sligo children returned to school last week without schoolbooks as a result of a debacle caused by an online book seller,

Despite what are now perceived to be false assurances from the company that its backlog would be cleared by last Friday, angry parents drove from all over Ireland to the company's Dublin offices demanding their pre-paid orders.

Some of those who blockaded the premises received their orders within two hours. The books were handed over by security staff.

However the company still insists that its backlog, which was highlighted earlier this month, has been cleared and that it has taken steps to improve communication with customers. “All backlog orders have been dispatched,” the company said.
 [Source: Evening Herald]


Dozens of transport and road haulage jobs are under threat across Tipperary, following the announcement last week that one of the country’s main haulage companies is to cease trading.

Target Express (Ireland), the freight company, is to cease trading with the loss of 400 jobs, some of those including employees of the company in Tipperary. Target Express had previously rented out premises for use as a depot near Thurles from Germinal Seeds, a firm based at the Horse and Jockey. Sales and Production Manager of Germinal Seeds, Jim Gibbons, said Target Express had stopped renting the premises from them some months back, and expressed sympathy for all Target’s employees who may have lost their jobs last week. Mr. Gibbons said they had enjoyed a good working relationship with Target Express.
[Source: Tipperary Star]